Dear Ella Aleksandrovna,
You have asked to contact you personally in case if one of the observers cannot get an assignment.
That is the moment.
Yesterday, the Public Chamber adopted the Regulation about observers.
Despite repeated requests to simplify the procedure for sending observers to polling stations situated abroad in embassies, the procedure has not been simplified, but also there are additional restrictions have been imposed.
Observers are volunteers and work for free, but spending their free time on the polling stations, they will have to spend enough money on postal sending of original documents and on tickets to/from Moscow to personally get assignments in the Public Chamber.
At the same time, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with state funding and the presence of a diplomatic and courier service has allocated significant funds for voting, and some procedures were simplified. It is allowed to print ballots on the polling stations, and data of voting results reports may be sent by electronic communication channels.
Moreover, polling stations situated abroad may be established five days before voting day. It will become impossible for observers to get assignments within such a period as it is mentioned in the procedure established by the Regulation.
I ask you to assist establishing more simplified procedure for sending observers to polling stations outside Russia:
Coordinator for observation at polling stations situated abroad of the "Golos" movement